daniellunsford (105) - - JUN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of pine cone, spruce, and thick citrus. Pours a nice red amber with a puffy white head. Taste of thick hops bursting in your mouth- lemon/lime zest, pine resin, and freshness. Top notch ipa.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured this guy into a pint glass. Thin White fluffy head puddles to a small wispy layer like cotton clumps sitting upon this glowing amber beer with a shine of copper. beautiful color on this, amazing. actually matches the label on the bottle.
the beer smells strongly of delicious hoppy goodness. some apricot/mango smells with hints of grapefruit, grass, and spice.
There is so much malty sweetness in here, almost smells of honey
It tastes very similar to how it smells. lots of the spiciness comes through. grassy grapefruit lined with soft subtle hints of mango/apricot.
Drinks nicely but the hoppiness wears out easy and sweetness takes over. this is a very sweet brew.
This would pair great with all sorts of great garden salads with good sharp cheeses crumbled/shredded/chunked on it. Sharp cheddar for sure. Grilled chicken with mango salsa/chutney would be a great paring if it has a nice cayenne or thai chilli kick. very nice
oldgrumpy (103) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very smooth IPA without that harsh IPA after taste. Hoppy, refreshing beer.
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imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber pour with a nice off white large head. Aroma is cirtus and hops. Flavor mimics the aroma with some added sweetness, possibly honey? Nice even if it’s a little too grassy. Would make a great summertime porch sipper.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a slightly darker amber color. It has a white head that falls quickly. The aroma is overwhelmingly hoppy grapefruit. A very American hoppy aroma overall. The flavor is surprisingly smooth. There is very little hop bitterness compared to the aroma but a bunch of hop flavor mostly consisting of grapefruit flavors. The background is very smooth and the beer is very balanced overall.
On a side note, how does get classified as an Imperial Amber instead of an Imperial IPA? I realize that it’s an amber, but I would easily fit into the Imperial IPA category.
floydslip (103) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep reddish brown beer with a thick, creamy white head. Pleasant nose with strong hints of pine resin. Taste is bit sour up front, which is immediately balanced by medium bitterness that lingers. This is an incredibly drinkable beer. I was expecting much more aggressive hop character, and I am not disappointed that this is not the case.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Amber in color with a half inch of head. Great retention with lacing down the bottle.
Smell- Hops! Very similar to an IPA, very pleasant with hints of citrus.
Taste- Also similar to an IPA, very hop forward, but not without balance. Citrus hop taste is backed up nicely with a solid malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Also very good, alcohol is very hidden. Pefectly carbonated.
Overall- Very hidden alcohol makes drinking several of these a very easy and enjoyable thing to do. Very few hoppy beers have the solid malt backbone that this one has.
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The timely hop head classic. I anticipate this beer every release and finally got some. Bottled on 2/14/12 and in my stomach only two weeks later. Pours a nice amber with a small head. Smells fruity, with some pine and resinous hops. Taste has a good caramel malt background with an onslaught of hoppiness at the finish. Mouthfeel is a little watery but very sessionable for the abv. Obviously not anything over the top but one of my favorite limited release six packs. Cheers
popdoggy (100) - USA - APR 5, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 This one is great fantastic ipa. i kinda was expecting a double ipa, but it is not that. i had it at the end of the night so i dont want to write a regular rating... but this was truely special.
FSUScott (99) - Rome, Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
good orange yellowish color. great roasted aroma. tastes a bit bitter but really smooth going down.